The Italian Experience

The Italian Experience: Come Hell or High Water
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Study Abroad in Italy

In 2022, I realized my career dream and raised a record $50,000 to pay for 20 deserving Salem State University students to study abroad in Greece.  The experience was life-changing for all participants, and one which I will never forget.  I smile each time I think of the constant laughter coming from my students' hotel rooms, and I will soon have the honor of officiating the wedding of former study abroad students who were engaged in Delphi.      

Please see select testimonials (from postcards my students presented to me at our final dinner in Athens) below:

I don't think there are words to express how grateful I am for this experience.  Not only was this the trip of a lifetime, but I also feel like I've gained friends I never would have, with like-minded people.  You somehow found a way to bring 20 strangers together and create a family.  Not only is this something I will never forget, but it is something I will always cherish.

- Courtney D., Class of 2024

For once, I don't even have the words to say to express just how grateful I am for everything you have done for all of us on this trip, in this class, and for how much better you have helped me become as a person.  I've dreamt of coming to Greece since I was 8 years old.  I could never truly imagine it then, but now I can't picture being here with anyone but this amazing group.  I know that it was your dream to take a class to Greece, and I want to thank you for letting me be a part of your dream team.  I can't wait to see what the future holds now as a traveler, a Philosophy major, or as a person, but I know for certain I want you and your classes to be part of it.  Like I said, we all came for the trip, but we stay because we love you. 

- Natalie F., Class of 2024

Thank you for the best experience of my life.  College is a huge milestone, and this story will always come up.  As a future educator, you have inspired me in more ways than possible. Taking your class was the best decision I made in college.  You are the teacher that made me feel most comfortable.  I will tell stories of this experience and the impact you had on me forever to my future students and children.

- Ashley R., Class of 2023

Upon our return from Greece, I was offered the opportunity to lead a study abroad program every Spring semester.  I immediately began fundraising for Paris, and my group will travel in March 2023.  I will update with testimonials from what is certain to be another life-changing experience.

I have already scheduled 6 fundraising events for my 2024 study abroad in Italy program. There is just no substitute for learning from the book of the world, and I kindly request your assistance with giving students this invaluable gift.  This crowdfunding page is specific to my Salem State University study abroad in Italy students, but I have also applied for scholarships that would extend these incredible opportunities to my high school students.

Thank you for supporting my students!


Mandy Lobraico

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Administration Fee

Each student is required to pay a $50 administration fee to the Center of International Education.


Group Tips

Your donation will be used for group transfer and tour tips. Excludes personal food and drink tipping.


Siena & Pisa

Students will travel to Siena by rail and Pisa via bus. Your donation will help cover group travel, meal, and attraction expenses.


Program Deposit

Each student is required to pay a $500 program deposit. We have scheduled several fundraising events to lower the final program balance of approximately $1600 per student.

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